Looking up . . .
A few weeks ago I was at an event in Port Townsend, Washington, called “Autumn YAWP.” Fifteen of us or so gathered together over a weekend, and we did a couple of prompted-writing sessions, read a little of our work to each other, and spent time on our own writing. If you’re anywhere near Port Townsend, you might consider this modestly affordable writing retreat, sponsored by Centrum and offered 3-4 times a year. I was walking across the campus one afternoon – the weather was gorgeous the first day – when I saw this enormous and beautiful tree. The first thing I thought was: Dahlia’s trees! My writing friend and fellow blogger Dahlia of Stories and More blog has an wonderful and magical way of capturing trees in her photographs, and she brings lovely and imaginative observations about what she sees to her photos. I knew Dahlia had to see this magnificent tree. I love how it stands alone, majestic, lush and perfectly filled out. With the blue sky in the background this tree looked like a bit of the heavens.
Fast-forward to a day or two later – still in Port Townsend – when I saw this tree. What happened to the weather? Gray and dim, clouds on the horizon, the weather had changed. But this tree! Such a shape, so defiant, plunging its evergreen branches skyward, buffeted by the wind from the sea. It whispered to me: “Dahlia needs to see me!”
… and looking down!
Not too long ago my friend and blogger Dippy-Dotty Girl of A Dippy-Dotty Girl’s Travel Tales wrote a blog post about which leaves were which in her autumn leaf neighborhood. In my wanderings around town in Port Townsend, I saw some of the leaves she’d written about.
The five-pointed leaves at the base of the bollard (that wharf-post) on the left are maples leaves! The symmetrical leaf (shaped like a person?) on the concrete sidewalk on the right is an oak leaf. (I’m not so confident about other leaf shapes, but I’ve got these memorized!)
Looking up and looking down. Isn’t it fun to notice things outside our usual view of life?
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